Tuesday, August 18, 2015

William Henry Rossington

Chart 11: John Pask, (c1745-1793) who married Elizabeth Fountain and they lived in Gautby, Lincolnshire.  

Yesterday, we received an usual request from Christopher Woodcock. He is the Tower Captain, and Bell Ringer, from St. Oswald's church in Blankney, Lincolnshire.

He is searching for information on William Henry Rossington, the younger son of Henry & Hannah Rossington née Pask.  

Christopher writes:

I am in the process of researching William Henry Rossington who was a bell ringer at St Oswald’s Blankney and who was killed on 15th April 1918 aged 21 in the Great War.

It is our intention to hold a service of remembrance at St Oswald’s Blankney (organised by the local Bell Ringers) to commemorate the centenary of the death of William Henry Rossington. We also intend to ring a half muffled peal lasting 3 hours on the bells at Blankney in memory of him and all being well to visit the Ploegstreet Memorial which he is commemorated on to lay a wreath on behalf of the Bell Ringers and to ring hand bells their. The date for all this is still to be decided and set but it will be around 15th April 2018.

We hope to get as much background information and history on William Rossington so that we can tell his story. We would also like to try and find a photograph of him which could then be framed and put up in the bell tower at Blankney as a permanent memorial to him there.

We would also like to try and invite family relatives of William Henry Rossington to attend the Memorial service in 2018.

If anyone can help with more information on William, please do contact Christopher, or ourselves. It would be great to honour William in such a way.